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Electric accessory adaptor

OK I've searched.....

Seems the Exise 12 volt electrical accessory outlet is a bit larger than the US version. Makes things rattle about, come loose.
Can anyone direct me to the mythical adaptor to tighten this up?

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Radio Shack 270-0046 is part number I have seen in the past. I haven't done it so can't say for sure.
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I've done the conversion and my stuff works great now. I can charge my mobile again! It only takes about 20mins to do it. I don't remember the Radio Shack part number off hand but I got the number off of here somewhere.

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Always wondered why all the plugs vibrated out of the DC unit. Isn't there just a converter you can buy to put into the euro unit for a better fit?
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Always wondered why all the plugs vibrated out of the DC unit. Isn't there just a converter you can buy to put into the euro unit for a better fit?
I've seen a rubber sleeve with slots cut out for the ground contacts. I think it came with my Valentine One, so I'm not sure it's available separately...
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Here are the specs for the two sizes:

12-volt cigar lighter receptacle and plug, size A:

* Receptacle inside diameter: 20.93 - 21.01 mm (median 20.97 mm)
* Plug body diameter: 20.73 - 20.88 mm (median 20.805 mm)
* Most often used in American automobiles.

12-volt cigar lighter receptacle and plug, size B:

* Receptacle inside diameter: 21.41 - 21.51 mm (median 21.455 mm)
* Plug body diameter: 21.13 - 21.33 mm (median 21.18 mm)
* Most often used in European automobiles, and sometimes as a second socket in American automobiles expressly for DC power connections.

Radioshack does not show an adapter in their online catalog. I found no mention of it in the Valentine on-line manual. Still looking......

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Finally saw to fixing the loose rattling accessory adapter in the Elise.

$7.49 at RadioShack. Snaps in very securely. Had to graft in a couple of blade connectors. Most of the stuff that comes with the adapter are not needed.

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I found a good solution for people who don't want to install a US socket.

Dr. Bulczynski 3.2 Cigarette Lighter MOD $5.99 - Pelican Parts Forums

I personally decided to use a zip tie to make the clips more solid but I don't know how well this will work with the heat. As said before in other threads, a metal tie would probably work best.
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